Gateway To The Peaks – Burton

With the breaking news that Swadlincote is in the heart of the Peak District, I thought I should visit some of Derbyshire’s ‘jewel in the crown.’

Yep, that’s right, The Wickingman posted an article on MyLondon that cited a pub  – The Robin Hood – as one of the go to boozers in the Peak District from its base in Overseal…in DE12…Swadlincote is DE11…read it here.

This article, which was sponsored by the Swadlincote Tourist Board, is a gem!  The Wickingman does live in prime Peak District but is considering a move back to Burton now the official government boundaries have shifted 30 miles from Bakewell to Overseal.

(views of the Peak District)

This backstreet local in Burton is in prime walkers (to the Pirelli Stadium) territory on Wetmore Road and is named after the Great Northern Railway which operated many moons ago.

So, with Swadlincote now THE Peak District I thought I should pay a visit to  what estate agents might call “The gateway to the Peaks.” 689 – Great Northern DE14 1QS

As befitting a walkers pub in the Peak District, they do offer cobs on BAFC matchdays and serve cask ale.

I popped in on a Sunday afternoon and was served a good pint of Pedigree (Marston’s) by the gaffer behind the bar.  It has  a pool table that was covered at the far end and this is a popular haunt on matchdays…so I’m not sure how covid affected it.

Two blokes nodded and said hello and then carried on with their own conversation, peppered with ‘pub language’ (copyright Coalville/Whitwick, 2017) and the Rugby League was on the big screen in the background.

This felt like a proper old skool pub with the curtains closed and I would imagine there are many tales to tell on a matchday from here…

Expect to see this in the next edition of MyLondon as “a pub steeped in history with glorious walks around the backstreets and main roads of the industrial town known as Burton Upon Trent.  Believed by many Londoners to be the gateway to the Peak District, whilst also doubling up as “somewhere up north.”

 Get here quickly before the tourists arrive…

14 thoughts on “Gateway To The Peaks – Burton

  1. Hilarious BB, liberal sprinklings of sarcasm in that post. Looks a decent pub and nice pint, the sort of place a person could lose an afternoon quite easily.

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  2. BB a thanks is called for. Following some great suggestions on your blog, when questioned on what to do for my birthday by my better half I informed her that I wanted a day out in Nottingham. So armed with a paper map (not my finest hour given that it rained for a fair amount of our visit) we out yesterday to explore what Nottingham had to offer.

    Most of the pubs have been featured on your blog and we didn’t not go to a bad one all day. Our route was Beerheadz, Fellows, Morton and Clayton, Canalhouse, Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem, Crafty Crow, The Cross Keys and The Vat and Fiddle.

    Another couple on the train back to Tamworth followed by one in The Bolebridge to end off the day made it quite a boozy day but it was a great one and we have vowed to return.

    Cheers Beermat

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